Dark Lane LT Layout – nearly finished.

I have spent the last few days putting the finishing touches to Dark Lane. It is now 99% finished with just a little weathering and blending to do. This may have to wait awhile as modelling in the shed this time of year is weather/heat related! Anyway I thought I would show the progress in a few photo’s.

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Dark Lane LT – 1st stage weathering.

Over the last few days I have started weathering. This is the first stage and was applied with various washes and dry brushing. The next stage will be with the airbrush and then a few powders.

I have cut out and pasted a few houses and factories onto the backboard to portray a typical 60’s scene. I may ‘mist’ the whole backscene with the airbrush later to tone everything down even further!

No Buildings are glued down yet as the coaling stage and hut may be moved.

I am ordering about 20 sundry items to detail the layout and hopefully bring it to life.

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Busy Weekend with Morlock Heath

Over the weekend of 5th-6th October we Exhibited at two Shows, Sudbury MRC and GOG Meet at Bury St Edmunds. Both were very well attended and very enjoyable, special thanks to Shaun Harvey,  John Barnes and Barry Aldous for their help. On Saturday we ran Shaun’s Stock at Sudbury and on Sunday at the GOG meeting we ran mostly my stock. Below is a pictorial record of each day, thanks to Shaun and my wife for the photo’s.

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Dark Lane – London Transport.

This is my first post on my latest layout ‘Dark Lane’ it is based on a scenario in the late 60’s on a small London Transport Shed and Sidings. The layout is DCC fitted and the loco’s, four Ex GWR Panniers, are DCC sound fitted. I have six appropriate LT wagons at present but another two or three are needed.

You will see from the photo’s that I have made quite a bit of progress although I would say its only about 50% finished.

The baseboard and fiddle yard is one piece to an overall length of five foot and six inches, just over four foot being scenic. All buildings and walls are ‘laser cut’  and have been painted with acrylic paints. The cement is very dilute ‘polyfilla’ rubbed into all crevices, the whole area is then coated in wood stain after cleaning off the excess polyfilla.

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It is my intention to make this a very grubby layout, hence the heavy weathering on the loco’s. The controller is a Digitrax Zephyr purchased from Coastal DCC at Ipswich.

 

 

Our Syndicate buys ‘EBRIDGE MILL’

It is with Great pleasure that I announce that our small group ‘Norfolk Model Railway Syndicate’ have purchased EBRIDGE MILL from Mr Graham Tandy.

We have purchased the layout complete – but with no stock. We felt that such an iconic Layout had to be saved so that all enthusiasts can continue to view it at local Exhibitions.

Our Group is made up of:-

Graham Minshull – Shaun Harvey – John Barnes  – Kelvin Barnes. with additional help from – Audrey Barnes.

We will be exhibiting it at least twice next year and we will look for further appearances in 2021.

We intend to make a few very minor changes – but the essence of  what Graham T has created will be maintained. It is our intension to run various eras from 1955 through to 1985.

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Contact can be made through this site or Shaun Harvey’s site.

Copsey at Bressingham Exhibition.

Sunday was the last of three visits to Bressingham for Exhibitions this year – we will be back next year for at least two shows, the Garden Railway Show and the usual Model Railway Day.

This year we took Copsey, only its second Show on the circuit. My Son John had to work but we were helped by an old friend, Barry Aldous (Bazza)  who shared the operating.

The Exhibition was very busy from the start and there was a great mix of eras and gauges on show. The photos below were taken by my wife and Shaun.

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Grub Lane – O Gauge Layout

Grub Lane used to be our Industrial Engine Shed Layout ‘Norfolk Coke and Tar Co.’ It was withdrawn from the Exhibition Circuit in 2016 and sold to my Son John.

It has been returned to me for refurbishment, name change and a lengthened fiddle yard. I have managed to do all of this today apart from getting the letters for the name.

This layout is proof that everybody has room for a O Gauge layout using small tank engines and short wheelbase stock. Even with the 5″ extension it is still just under 5′.

It is now available for Exhibition bookings.

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